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Oceanography & Coastal Sciences



Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

Our department is interested in recruiting highly qualified graduate students who can benefit from our interdisciplinary perspectives. The overarching theme of our graduate courses and research is understanding and predicting ecological changes across gradients that extend from coastal areas across the continental shelf.

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Start your career in oceanography and coastal sciences now.

*Prospective graduates should complete the pre-application for the respective department prior to applying through the Graduate School.

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Faculty Directory

Our faculty are an experienced and diverse group with the knowledge and available research opportunities to train and mentor students.


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Graduate Minors

Interested in a minor? CC&E offers minors in Wetland Science and Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Toxicology, Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, and Coastal Meteorology. 

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M.S. in Oceanogaphy & Coastal Sciences

Students can choose either a thesis or professional option. Discover the advantages of obtaining a Master's in Oceanography & Coastal Sciences.

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PhD in Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

Your Doctor of Philosophy degree starts here.


LSU Biological Oceanography graduate student Matt Robertson shares his experience while doing research in Tanzania, Africa. His research involves examining the link between mangroves, fish and fisheries and he hopes this work will aid in solving some of the challenges in Louisiana's ecosystem and eroding coastline.


Watch DOCS professor, Nancy Rabalais, give a TED Talk on "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico -- where there isn't enough oxygen in the water to support life. The Gulf has the second largest dead zone in the world; on top of killing fish and crustaceans, it's also killing fisheries in these waters. 


Check out this video overview of the graduate programs and activities here at the College of the Coast & Environment.